The Bulldogs travel to Providence this Saturday to take on the Brown Bears at 12:30 PM ET. Even in down years, the Bears can knock off nearly any opponent in the Ivy League. Last week, Brown limited Penn to only 21 points in 21-14 loss to the Quakers. This is a well coached football team with a talented QB (Thomas Linta) and dangerous receivers such as Alex Jette and Garrett Swanky. The defensive unit for Brown lacks star players, but plays cohesively and forces turnovers. Special teams have been a disaster for Brown all year and Galland’s strong leg gives a huge advantage to Yale in a close game.
To win this game, Yale needs to execute offensively and limit big pass plays defensively. Look for the Brown Bears to put heat on Freshman QB Kurt Rawlings who has emerged as the starter after last week’s stellar performance against Columbia. Our offensive line needs to bounce back after last week’s horrific display of run blocking to get Lamar and Salter moving on the ground. If the secondary stays healthy this week and the defensive line can pressure Linta, the Bulldogs should emerge victorious.